I’ve been talking a lot about fabric structure lately, and how different fabrics work differently with your body. Let me show you a few examples and show you how they compare, and how they effect your outfit and your figure.
It’s time to talk about fabric structure
Let’s talk about fabric structure! I’ve mentioned it a lot lately, especially in my Get Dressed with Merrick episodes. Today let’s dive a little deeper.
Let me preface this by saying, you can wear anything you want! None of these shirts are bad. They’re just different, and I want you to see the difference in their structure and how the structure affects your outfit.
Don’t miss my Get Dressed with Merrick segment about Fabric Structure
I’ll also be walking through this in person on my Instagram stories for my weekly Get Dressed with Merrick segment, so don’t miss that.
What is fabric structure?
When I talk about fabric structure, I’m talking about the makeup of the fabric, and how thick or thin, stretchy or not, soft or stiff a piece of fabric is.
A fabric with more structure can stand on its own, so to speak. It has a heavier weight, or a stiffer material. It doesn’t take the shape of anything it touches. It smooths your body, not accentuating the nuances of your shape.
A fabric with less structure takes on the shape of anything it lays on. It’s thinner, more lightweight, and sometimes softer. It can be clingy, and can accentuate the nuances of your shape.
Let me give you some examples of different fabric structure
Here is an example of heavy fabric structure
This sweater is a thick and structured material. It holds its own shape and doesn’t show the nuances of my shape from underneath.
You can see how it hangs on my body tucked and untucked; it keeps its shape no matter what.
A thicker structure like this is great for smoothing over lumps and bumps on your body.
Here’s an example of a non-sweater top that has structure
This is a great tee for summer and into fall and the structure is great. It’s not too heavy that it’s stiff, but it’s thick enough to smooth over your body in a really flattering way.
You can see that both tucked and untucked, it holds its shape really well.
A lightweight top with a little structure
This kind of fabric is lightweight and stretchy, and it has less structure.
If the top is pulled down over my jeans waistband, you can see the bumps of the jeans through. If you carry weight in your middle, it’ll show that as well because of the less structured material.
When it’s half tucked, the fabric lays on top of each other and can create bulk at your waistline.
It’s a good casual shirt choice, but be aware of which pants you wear with them, or whether you tuck it in or not.
This is an example of a t-shirt with very little structure
This tee is actually a pajama t-shirt and I wear it to bed often. It’s VERY comfortable and extremely lightweight.
But you can see because of that very lightweight and non-structured nature that it shows all the nuances of my body or clothing underneath.
It clings to my middle, or catches on my waistband both tucked and untucked.
Again, there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just different and in some cases it can be less flattering. You can absolutely wear this, I just want you to be aware of how it affects your outfit and flatters your figure.
note: I didn’t steam this shirt before wearing it, so the wrinkles definitely exacerbate the lack of structure.
Go look in your closet and look at the structure of your tops!
I hope this is helpful as you try on clothing and look for pieces in your closet!
Don’t forget to watch my segment of Get Dressed with Merrick today on Instagram. If you missed it, here’s a video with all this advice in action.
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